To the End of June
The Intimate Life of American Foster Care
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
A New York Times Notable Book that “casts a searing eye on the labyrinth that is the American foster care system” (NPR’s On Point).
Who are the children of foster care? What, as a country, do we owe them? Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, spent five years immersed in the world of foster care looking into these questions and tracing firsthand stories. The result is To the End of June, an unforgettable portrait that takes us deep inside the lives of foster children in their search for a stable, loving family.
Beam shows us the intricacies of growing up in the system—the back-and-forth with agencies, the rootless shuffling between homes, the emotionally charged tug between foster and birth parents, the terrifying push out of foster care and into adulthood. Humanizing and challenging a broken system, To the End of June offers a tribute to resiliency and hope for real change.
“A triumph of narrative reporting and storytelling.” —The New York Times
“[A] powerful . . . and refreshing read.” —Chicago Tribune
“A sharp critique of foster-care policies and a searching exploration of the meaning of family.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Heart-rending and tentatively hopeful.” —Salon